Prelude: I sent the following letter to the Editors at Prevention Magazine. One of their writers interviewed me for inclusion in an article on yoga and weight loss. The article turned out to be something vastly different than what I was told it would be. I do not have any issue with the writer. She has been very honest with me. I very much believe it to be an editorial choice. Unfortunately, the editors’ choices reflect the popular media bias that yoga is for skinny people. I’m just sharing my experiences with you because I have such a passion for yoga and truly believe yoga is for any body size or type. I share my story because it’s my reality and I do my best to share my “realness”. This experience with Prevention has taught me to be very wary of any story I see in the media. In the end, Prevention’s portrayal of yoga and what they refer to as “serious weight loss” doesn’t matter, I’m still going to do yoga. I hope all of you join the yoga bandwagon with me, and if yoga isn’t your passion, find what is and do it. Life is too short for anything else.
An Open Letter to the Editors of Prevention
Earlier in the spring one of your writers contacted me for a story she was writing on yoga and weight loss. I have a blog on my yoga adventures and someone had referred her to it. She wanted to interview me about my experiences. I readily agreed for I have a passion for yoga and all the benefits it brings to my life. I also felt excited that people would have a chance to see that yoga can benefit people of all sizes.
You see I’m a work in progress. Yoga has been and continues to be a part of my adventure to greater health, which includes weight loss. I’ve lost a fair amount of weight, but I still have a ways to go. Here’s a chance for people to see yoga in action in a national magazine, or so I thought.
Imagine my surprise when I saw how the editors chose to edit the article. The entire article “The Surprising Way Gentle Yoga Can Help You Lose Serious Weight” referred entirely to people who had ten to twenty pounds to lose. The editors included my story in a side bar along with a picture of a skinny woman. This clearly implies that yoga really is only for skinny people, in spite of my text.
Additionally, neglecting to include a link to my blog does not allow Prevention readers a way to place my story in any given context. When I spoke with the author earlier in the spring she indicated to me that my blog URL would be included in the article. I fail to see why the editors would choose not to include it.
Our country faces an epidemic of obesity. To refer to ten to twenty pounds as serious does a disservice to so many. Yoga can and does help those with serious weight issues. Prevention had a chance to disseminate that with my story but chose not to.
I am beyond disappointed with Prevention Magazine. I urge you to share my blog URL with your readers so they can see that yoga really is for EVERY body and that yoga can and does help with serious weight loss. I have no financial gain from this. I seek to help people see that yoga can help them heal in so many ways.
Here is the URL to my blog:
Pic #1 MY Grateful Yoga Body
Pic #2 The portion of the article that refers to me and my yoga story
And, finally, a link to the Prevention story in its entirety. Please note that the online version doesn’t show my portion directly next to the picture of the skinny woman:
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